Lifeline, 1/18/2018

2018 01 18 Lifeline

In last week’s Lifeline, I talked about hitting the Reset button for 2018; setting my heart to walk in love, obedience and humility. This week I want to discuss the importance of being refilled.

Psalm 45:1 begins with, “My heart is overflowing with a good theme…” The rest of the Psalm is a wedding song which prophetically declares the relationship between the Messiah King Jesus and His bride, the Church. But, as I read this passage, the question struck me, “What is overflowing out of my heart?”

If you are carrying a full cup of coffee (or a full glass of sweet tea in my case), and you get bumped, what flows out of the cup? Whatever is in the cup, of course. There are many bumps in the road of life; as followers of Jesus, we can’t always avoid the bumps. However, we can determine what overflows from our cup. Ephesians 5:18 says that we are to “be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

When we get bumped, do we overflow with the Spirit of God or the spirit of the world? One great test to measure what is in our hearts is to judge what comes out of our mouth. In Luke 6:45, Jesus declares, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” As I thought about this question of what is overflowing from my heart, a special memory came back from a mission trip to Jamaica in 1983. We learned a song that went like this:

Fill my cup and let it overflow (fill it up)
Fill my cup and let it overflow (fill it up)
Fill my cup and let it overflow, let it overflow with love.

The heart of the Psalmist was overflowing with a good and noble theme. His heart was set on loving God and declaring His truth. If you recognize a need to be “refilled,” just pull on up to God’s service station and allow Him to fill you up with His love and with His Spirit.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jeff